The snow is falling, in New York and Colorado. Before you leave this post, be sure to watch THIS.
In New York, today is the first day of the rest of Comptroller Alan Hevesi's political life. Governor George Pataki is expected to make an announcement as to whether the state needs to give Mr. H the official heave-ho. For those unfamiliar with the story, Hevesi had a state employee drive Mrs. Hevesi around on errands and doctor visits etc. to the tune of 80+ thousand dollars. Mr. H paid the money back, alas, a little too late. The guy who would have been a shoo-in on election day could face Federal charges of defrauding the government.
Also, a decision apparently originating at network HQ in New York, and confirmed for me this morning by Matt Drudge, American's right to free speech is being compromised. Is this a sign Bush intends to invoke Martial Law? STAY THE COURSE, EVERYONE! Here's a piece of what Matt Drudge writes (I am not providing a URL - the one Matt has up at the moment looks like it will be temporary):
NBC and The CW Television Network have taken a stand against the Dixie’s Chicks new documentary “Shut Up & Sing” a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible political and media fallout that occurred in 2003 after the Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that she was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." “Shut Up & Sing” opens in theaters in NY and Los Angeles on Friday and in theaters nationwide on November 10th.This is really disheartening. Let's see if the freedom-fighters at Pajamas Media have anything to blog on this!
NBC responded to a clearance report submitted by the Weinstein Company’s media agency saying that the network “cannot accept these spots as they are disparaging to President Bush.”
The CW Television Network responded that it does “not have appropriate programming in which to schedule this spot.”
Famed litigator David Boies stated, “It is disappointing and troubling that NBC and The CW would refuse to accept an otherwise appropriate ad merely because it is critical of President Bush."
Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company stated, “It’s a sad commentary about the level of fear in our society that a movie about a group of courageous entertainers who were blacklisted for exercising their right of free speech is now itself being blacklisted by corporate America. The idea that anyone should be penalized for criticizing the president is sad and profoundly un-American.”
Colorado has gotten the real winter blizzardy white stuff. For some odd reason, I have a gut feeling that the Capital Region of New York is going to have a relatively snow-free winter... we'll see if I'm right. I'm not too good when it comes to picking lottery numbers; I wonder if my weather forecasting is much better...